Colder days have reached our hemisphere again and snuggling up in the winter afternoon sun will be calling for far off lands, love stories and some action and adventure thrown in there just for good measure. I thought I would share some of the titles that have crossed my bedside table over the past few weeks. There truly was something for everyone, so I suggest you add some of these titles to your reading list so that Summer will come sooner…at least in our imaginations.
The last road trip by Gareth Crocker
There is one thing in life that none of us can avoid; our inevitable meeting with death. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you will have lived a long life filled with joy and pain, love and rejection and everything in between by the time you take your last bow. The last road trip follows a mismatched group of elderly friends who go on one last adventure to tie up some loose ends and tick a few more things off their bucket lists. In the process they come to realise the value of the lives they have lived, as well as the importance of the people they met along the way. As they share some firmly hidden secrets for the first time, recall almost forgotten memories and live new experiences together, they realise that they are more similar in their humanness than would have been expected from this unlikely group of compatriots. An easy read filled with nostalgic moments, that will remind you to love the people in your life and to cherish the time you get to spend with them. This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, so if that is what you are looking for, The last road trip is the book to take off the shelf.
Hunger eats a man by Nkosinathi Sithole
The title of this book has become my answer to all the horrors that have once again hit the streets of our nation over the past few weeks. Hunger eats a man, is a heartfelt and uncomfortably honest story of a man’s struggle to retain his honour as the head of his home and his community in times of desperation, where poverty is an unwelcome visitor constantly knocking on the door. In the small town of Ndlalidlindoda in the Drakensberg region, tradition and reality clash to cause turmoil in the communities and families of rural South-Africa. This unfortunately is not a narrative unique to the Gumede family, but one all too well-known by many in this country. Nkosinathi Sithole tells this story with warmth and sincerity that made my heart ache for the people of this young democracy. Hunger eats a man, tells it as it is. When you are hungry, nothing makes sense. Things that were once valued, fall apart. People forget who they are and survival becomes the motivation for every action. A small book, carrying a timely message of non-violence against your neighbour. A beautifully told story that will make you laugh and cry all at once.